Novell upgrades web tools

Novell has announced a major revision of its web application development software which adds support for Linux.

Novell has announced a major revision of its web application development software which adds support for Linux.

The Extend 5 release, announced at LinuxWorld, also includes drag-and-drop visual development tools for creating web services, said Frank Auger, vice-president of product management at Novell.

The software will support more development standards, including the Portlet 1.0 specification, the World Wide Web Consortium's Xforms, and the Web Services Interoperability Organisation's Basic Profile rules.

The Extend upgrade follows Novell's announcement of Nsure Identity Manager 2, previously called DirXML, which combines metadirectory, provisioning and password management capabilities.

The upgrade adds features such as a browser-based tool for configuring rules and policies and the ability to track, monitor and report on security-related network activity.

The two products are sold separately, but Auger said they bring together network managers and application developers.

"We're looking to provide a full set of capabilities that enterprises need to rapidly build applications that take advantage of web services and to tie them into the identification infrastructure," he said.

IDC analyst Sandra Rogers said the dual roll-outs show Novell recognises that IT staffers building web services applications are "trying to take care of developing for a secure environment".

Matt Hamblen writes for Computerworld

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